Jamaica will look to add more gold to its medal haul when the nation’s athletes contest four events on the tenth and final day of the Oregon World Athletics Championships today, July 24.
After claiming the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 meters relay and finishing fourth in the men’s equivalent of the event at the championships, the Jamaican 4×400 meters quartet, both men and women, will take to the track to vie for the world title in the sprint relay final.
The quartet of Stacey-Ann Williams, Junelle Bromfield, Tiffany James-Rose and Charokee Young stormed to a season’s best time of 3:24.23 to book their spot in event’s medal round. They advanced with the third fastest qualifying time behind the United States (3:23.38) and Great Britain (3:23.92), which positions the Jamaicans for a podium finish in the final.
The last time Jamaica claimed the gold medal in the event was at the 2015 Beijing World Championships, in which the relay pool included the likes of Christine Day, Stephanie-Ann McPherson, Shericka Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills. Following that triumph, the nation secured the bronze medal at the 2019 Doha World Championships.
The eight finalists of the women’s 4×400 meters relay will grace the track today, July 24 at 9:50pm Jamaica time. The final will also include the United States (3:23.38), Great Britain (3:23.92), Belgium (3:28.02), Canada (3:28.49), Italy (3:28.72), France (3:28.89) and Switzerland (3:29.11).
In the men’s 4×400 meters, the Jamaican quartet of Akeem Bloomfield, Jevaughn Powell, Karayme Bartley and Anthony Cox finished in the runner-up spot in heat one in a season’s best time of 3:01.59 to book their tickets into the final.
The nation has never won gold in the men’s 4×400 meters relay, but Jamaica has claimed the silver medal at the2011 Daegu edition, at Moscow 2013 and the 2019 Doha World Championships, respectively. The final of the event is scheduled for today, July 24 at 9:35pm Jamaica time. The Jamaican team will line up against the United States (2:58.96),Japan (3:01.53), Belgium (3:01.96), Czech Republic (3:02.42), Poland (3:02.51), Trinidad and Tobago (3:02.75), France (3:03.13), Botswana (3:07.32).
Meanwhile, in the women’s 800 meters, many-time national and 2019 Pan American Games champion, Natoya Goule, will set her sights on claiming a first world championship medal in the event. She advanced to the final with the fourth fastest qualifying time of 1:58.73. Goule-Toppin will face the starter at 8:35pm Jamaica time against the American middle distance trio of Athing Mu (1:58.12), Raevyn Rogers (1:58.77) and Ajee Wilson (1:59.97); Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia (1:58.16); Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson (1:58.51); Anita Horvat of Slovenia (1:59.60) and Kenya’s Mary Moraa (1:59.65).
Additional event to be contested on Day 10 of the Oregon World Championships:
Women’s 100M Hurdles: National champion Britany Anderson produced the fastest qualifying time of the Jamaican sprint hurdle trio to move on to the semi-final of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Anderson clocked a time of 12.59 seconds to take the victory in heat one. Meanwhile, her compatriots Megan Tapper (12.73) and Danielle Williams (12.87) will also line up in the semi-finals of the event slated for 7:10pm Jamaica time.
100 METRES HURDLES WOMEN – SEMI-FINAL START LISTS
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